8 Largest Banks To Access Funds From Fed’s Discount Window

The largest U.S. banks announced Monday night they plan to access the Federal Reserve’s “discount window” to help financial institutions navigate the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “While Forum member institutions individually have substantial liquidity and multiple sources of funding, they believe it is important to lead by demonstrating the value of the Federal Reserve’s discount window facility and to encourage its use by other financial institutions,” according to a news release from the Financial Services Forum. The Forum is made up of the chief executive officers of the eight largest banks. The Fed’s discount window supports the flow of credit to households and businesses by allowing banks to borrow money from the Fed on a short-term basis to meet…

CFPB Sues Fifth Third Bank Over Fake Accounts; Bank “Rejects Allegations”

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Monday a lawsuit against Fifth Third Bank for allegedly creating fake accounts on customers’ behalf to artificially inflate sales numbers. Fifth Third officials said in a news release that it “rejects” the allegations in the lawsuit. The CFPB said that for several years Fifth Third created accounts without consumers’ knowledge. For several years, the CFPB says, Fifth Third employees created fake credit card accounts, improperly transferred money into fraudulently opened accounts, enrolled customers in unauthorized online-banking services, and activated unauthorized lines of credit on consumers’ accounts. “Fifth Third Bank respects and values the important role that the CFPB plays in protecting consumers but believes that the civil suit filed today is unnecessary and unwarranted.…

Two Wells Fargo Board Members Resign In Wake Of Fake Account Scandal

Two Wells Fargo board members – including the board chairwoman – resigned their positions following a highly critical report from a U.S. house committee, alleging the board was slow to address the bank’s fake account scandal. Elizabeth A. Duke, the board chair, and James H. Quigley resigned their positions effective Sunday, Wells Fargo announced in a news release Monday. Charles H. Noski, a former chief financial officer of Bank of America, will serve as the new board chairman. Last month, Wells Fargo reached a $3 billion settlement with the Department of Justice, which found the bank’s employees created fake accounts to meet the bank’s “onerous sales goals.” This included using customers’ identities without their consent to open checking, savings, debit card, credit…